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National Coordination Body: Montenegro opens its borders on Monday, many measures eased

National Coordination Body: Montenegro opens its borders on Monday, many measures eased
Published date 28.05.2020 23:59 | Author PR Service

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The National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases, at today's session, chaired by its President Milutin Simović, taking into account the epidemiological situation and the fact that there are no active cases of the novel coronavirus in Montenegro at the moment, analyzed the possibilities of opening borders and re-establishing international traffic, as well as further ease of other valid measures. The Body decided, at the suggestion of the Public Health Institute, to allow foreign nationals to enter Montenegro from 1 June, without prescribing quarantine and self-isolation measures, provided that the key criterion for entry is a rate of active coronavirus cases of less than 25 per 100,000 inhabitants in the country of which the foreigner is a resident and in the country from which the foreigner enters Montenegro.

The list, updated weekly by the Public Health Institute of Montenegro, includes: Slovenia (0.43 confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants), Iceland (0.88), Croatia (2.34), Slovakia (2.93) , Georgia (3.83), Switzerland (6.46), Albania (7.12), Austria (7.98), Norway (8.10), Monaco (10.20), Kosovo (11.99), Germany (12.61), Greece (13.00), Hungary (13.57), Denmark (13.97), Lithuania (14.57), Latvia (15.52), Azerbaijan (15.96), Luxembourg (16.00), Bosnia and Herzegovina (16.45), Bulgaria (19.82), Israel (20.94), North Macedonia (21.60), Ireland (21.96), Czech Republic (22.41), Finland (23.09) and Estonia (16.06). (The complete list can be downloaded from the website of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro).

Air and sea traffic is allowed with the countries on the list, and the current measure on general aviation remains in force.

Respecting the guidelines and principles set out in key acts of the European Commission, and above all in the Joint European Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures, and in the Guidelines for phased and coordinated approach for restoring freedom of movement by partial lifting of restrictions and controls at the EU internal borders, the National Coordination Body took into account both the health system capacity and the availability of testing capacity that would be necessary for the timely detection and monitoring of possible respread of the virus.

Entry of persons from countries with a higher active rate of 25/100,000

Our citizens and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in our country who enter Montenegro from countries where the confirmed rate of active cases of coronavirus is higher than 25 per 100,000 inhabitants are ordered to be placed in self-isolation or quarantine for 14 days. For individuals who are tested negative for the novel coronavirus by PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, the measure of self-isolation and quarantine is revoked after 14 days.

Self-isolation means staying in family household or other facility, while the health status of this person, as well as all members of the household is monitored by the competent epidemiological service.

Institutional isolation is compulsory for persons who have been quarantined or self-isolated and are tested positive for the novel coronavirus, if they must be isolated from healthy persons and cannot be provided with self-isolation in family accommodation; for patients who have been hospitalized, have recovered and have no symptoms of the disease, but have not yet had two consecutive negative results from samples taken at intervals of 24 hours; as well as for persons who came from abroad and tested positive for the novel coronavirus in quarantine.

Institutional isolation means accommodation in a facility intended for self-isolation and the stay of persons who are tested positive for the novel coronavirus and who do not have symptoms of the disease, who do not require medical treatment but must be supervised by health professionals, based on the decision of the sanitary inspection.

The traffic of goods for the needs of Montenegro and transit remains smooth, with particular measures of health supervision, in accordance with the recommendations of the Public Health Institute of Montenegro.

Concluding the discussion on this agenda item, the President of the National Coordination Body noted that Montenegro is not closing its borders, on the contrary! "We are opening our borders, in accordance with the recommendations of the profession, for the benefit of both citizens and numerous tourists who will visit us this summer," said the President of National Coordination Body.

Up to 200 people at public gatherings

At the suggestion of the Public Health Institute, the National Coordination Body decided that all types of gatherings, both outdoors and indoors, in public places, including weddings, funerals, can be attended by up to 200 people and that outdoor and indoor sports competitions and tournaments can be attended by up to 200 spectators/fans. Maintaining social distance of at least 2m is obligatory. It is obligatory to disinfect equipment for training, competitions and tournaments and shared items at sports competitions.

Work of disco clubs, kids playrooms, and kindergartens allowed

The work of disco clubs/bars and night clubs/bars as well as kids playrooms, in accordance with the instructions of the Public Health Institute, is allowed. The work of cinemas, theaters and kindergartens is also allowed.

Some expired documents are valid until 1 July

Driving licences as well as permits for permanent and temporary residence and work of foreigners, whose validity period has expired, are considered valid until 1 July 2020.